WORLD IPV6 DAY PARTICIPATION CONTINUES TO GROW
Hundreds of websites to participate in global “test flight” on 8 June 2011
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND and RESTON, VIRGINIA, USA – 1 June 2011 – Hundreds of websites and Internet service providers around the world are joining Facebook, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM), Limelight Networks (NASDAQ: LLNW) as participants in World IPv6 Day for the first global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6, being organized by the Internet Society.
During World IPv6 Day on 8 June 2011, more than 225 participating organizations from every part of the globe will enable IPv6 on their main services for 24 hours. With IPv4 addresses running out this year, the industry must act quickly to accelerate full IPv6 adoption or risk increased costs and limited functionality online for Internet users everywhere. World
IPv6 Day participants are coming together to help motivate organizations across the industry–Internet service providers, hardware manufacturers, operating system vendors and other web companies–to prepare their services for the transition.
“The building interest in and amazing response to World IPv6 Day around the world is extremely encouraging, and highlights the growing momentum behind deploying IPv6,” said Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer for the Internet Society. “We see this test flight as an important step towards ensuring the global Internet can continue to grow and evolve so that it can connect billions of new users and devices.”
Facebook has long been preparing for World IPv6 Day and will be monitoring all aspects of its infrastructure. “We need to find solutions as an industry to accelerate global adoption of IPv6,” said Jay Parikh, director of engineering at Facebook. “Participating in World IPv6 Day enables us to gain valuable insights about potential IPv6 issues and how we as an industry can address them. We’re working together with our peers to keep the Internet open and make sure all computers and devices stay connected.”
“Akamai is committed to helping our customers and network partners with a smooth transition to IPv6,” said Harald Prokop, senior vice president of Engineering at Akamai Technologies, Inc. “Over 30 of our customers from around the globe have opted in to our IPv6 technology preview, and will be participating in World IPv6 Day. Akamai’s goal is to help enable content providers to deliver an exceptional end-user experience over IPv6 without requiring disruptive changes to their origin networking infrastructure. We applaud the awareness that the Internet Society has created around this ‘test flight.'” On World IPv6 Day, Akamai will provide a real-time view of
IPv6 traffic served via its global platform at
About the need for IPv6
IPv4 has approximately four billion IP addresses (the sequence of numbers assigned to each Internet-connected device). The explosion in the number of people, devices and web services on the Internet means that IPv4 is running out of space. IPv6, the next-generation Internet protocol, which provides over four billion times more space, will connect the billions of people not connected today and will help ensure the Internet can continue its current growth rate.
About the Internet Society
The Internet Society is the world’s trusted independent source of leadership for Internet policy, technology standards and future development. Based on its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society works with its members and Chapters around the world to promote the continued evolution and growth of the open Internet through dialog among companies, governments, and other organizations around the world. See